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On The Beach Bed & Breakfast
Ranked #2 of 6 Cayucos B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
San Ramon, California
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7 reviews
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“Wonderful Beachside B&B”
Reviewed July 9, 2012

If you are looking for a wonderful place to stay and within walking distance of the beach this is the place for you. My family and I have stayed in Cayucos for many years however, this was my first stay in the downtown area at a B&B. On The Beach did not disappoint. Upon arrival we were greeted warmly by the staff and shown to our very spacious room with an amazing ocean view. The ground level deck allowed a wonderful view of the beach and pier and the sounds of the waves crashing on the shore was instant relaxation! The happy hour featured local Paso wines (which helped us to decide which wineries to visit) and a delicous cheese assortment which was just enough to tide us over until dinner. At night there was also homemade cookies which we brought to the room as a late night snack. Breakfast each day was outstanding. Waffles with fresh farmer's market fruits and homemade jellys the first day and Eggs Benedict the next. The central location makes it so easy to walk around this charming beach town. On my next visit I know where I will be staying.

Room Tip: Ground floor level, since you truly get the beach vibe
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
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Valencia
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Reviewed July 9, 2012

This is a lovely hotel/ BnB. The rooms are spacious and clean. I can't tell you how much that means to me. If you get the ocean view, it has a wonderful balcony and you can hear the calming waves. It also backs onto a strip parking lot for the pier and restaurants and can get very loud. It calms down at night though. Early morning Friday they brought heavy duty equipment to groom the sand, so a little bit of an early morning wake up call. Breakfast is to die for. Unfortunately, I never did make the cocktail hour. I'm sure it's as well done as the breakfast. The little town of Cayucos is sleepy and very comforting. You can stroll the antique shops and the other lovely stores and not feel the hectic rush. Enjoy!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
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Bergen, Norway
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Reviewed July 6, 2012

This was our first stay at lovely "On the beach B & B" and it was amazing, a bit more expensive than we had planed but fantastic. We arrived at 3. July and got a lovely rom and extra beds for the kids. In the evening we was invited to a bondfire on the beach were we were served wine and "somores" . Breakfast was hommade end delicious and the hotel staff emasing. We all got 4. July decorations and tables outside so we could see the parade. For our Norwegian family this was the best stay in California, thank you very much!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Long Beach, California
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Reviewed June 22, 2012

Short Version: What a lovely little town. What a lovely place to stay. The staff is friendly and the customer service I experienced was top-notch. Breakfast was delicious. Evening happy hour had very tasty snacks. Desert was sinfully good. So good we didn't eat desert at any of the places we ate at. No need. I am planning to go back in November and will definitely stay with them again. The value was excellent, especially considering breakfast.

Long Version: I wouldn't normally do this, but after reading other reviews on this property I felt I had to address some negative comments directly.

1. Breakfast- I have never had such a good breakfast at anywhere else I've stayed. The food was yummy and the service was friendly. I really felt like a guest in someone's home. (Someone who really cooks well.) I don't know how anyone would have issue with the quality, quantity or service with the breakfast. Period.

2. Noise level- Not an issue. We has an ocean view on the ground floor. I was not woken up once. With the curtains open I felt a bit on display but it didn't bother my girlfriend. And with the privacy curtains closed we actually napped with the patio door open. Ocean breeze was nice.

3. Quality of the Room & Service- I have stayed in everything from 5 star to no star(one was even so bad I couldn't stay the night). I spent at least 2 days a week in a hotel from July through Mid December of 2011, so I do have a bit of experience. I would consider the quality and cleanliness of my room at One the Beach to be WELL above average. (I am not the type to go over a room with a fine tooth comb. I am not nitpicky. For me it is about big picture and comfort, not white glove inspections.)
As far as service it was EXCELLENT! Friendly, warm and efficient. As an example we arrived in the early part of the evening, and we were the las guests to check in that day. The woman waiting to check us in left immediately after we were through, so I assume she was off for the day. At no time during check-in did I feel rushed. She checked us in, walked us to our room and made sure to go over everything with us.(How to work the jacuzzi tub, the fireplace, etc.) My girlfriend even commented on how nice she was after she left us. Every staff member we encountered has this level of customer service, without exception.

4. Booking- As I stated earlier I spent a lot of time in hotels last year. I was in them alone and with 2 young sons (ages 9 & 4). I booked with Orbitz, Priceline, Kayak and Travelocity. I have had my share of screw-ups. Some of them the fault of the property, some the online booker. MOST of my negative experience was the online booker's fault. How a property handles issues says a lot about them, but in the end they are a service provider to the booker. If you have an issue they should TRY and accommodate you, but if they don't have a room, they just don't have it. I never had anything other than excellent service at On the Beach and I can't imagine them not handling booking issues with the same level of service. But in the end if Orbitz sells you a room and they can't accommodate you, be mad at Orbitz.

Room Tip: The view is worth whatever extra it costs to have an Ocean view. But even if you don't the proxi...
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed June 14, 2012

It's our second stay at lovely On the Beach B-n-B! I was just reading some other reviews for this property... I'm sure sometimes there are complications... but frankly I don't understand the careless, unkind, inaccurate way people write reviews! Perhaps they stay in hotels and eat in restaurants looking for things to complain about and blow out of proportion instead of looking for the good service, the unique advantages, the personal touches. On The Beach is just 10 steps from the sand and pier entrance. It's not brand new, but kept up VERY nicely! Each staff member is unique and brings to the experience their personalities and skills--cooking, hospitality, concierge, housekeeping. The open windows after twilight allow the cool breeze and sounds of the sea to permeate the room while the crackling fire throws shadows over the walls and comfy king sized bed. It's so cool! :) I wish we could live there! We spent only two nights, tried for 3 but they were all booked up-we'll book earlier next time!

Room Tip: Ocean View upper level will be our choice next trip! :)
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed June 5, 2012

This place was a little more pricey than some of the others we looked at along the main drag in Cayucos, but was certainly worth it!

Very friendly receptionists put on some complimentary afternoon wine/beer with a little bite to eat, which was great. The room was spacious, clean and had a balcony which overlooked the beach/pier. We also a Jacuzzi, and a a tasty cooked breakfast with coffee, tea and orange juice on tap.

Room Tip: We had a downstairs room with a sea view (room 4). If you can get this one its a winner!
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Oceanside, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed May 30, 2012

this was the 3rd night B&B stay, in a trip down Calif coast. First, this is not a B&B, this is a clean hotel a block away from the beach; it is similar to a Hampton Inn that offers a minimal breakfast buffet. I booked my reservation through Orbitz, and the room specifics stated ocean view room with balcony. Upon check-in, the clerk stated Orbitz exaggerated the room description and the rate I booked at was for a street view. After I showed her my confirmation receipt from Orbitz, she stated I should have booked through them directly. "Take it or leave it" was her attitude. If Cayucos was more than a 4 hotel town, I would have moved. Clerk needs to learn customer service, and B&B categorization is misleading.

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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OnTheBeachBandB, Owner at On The Beach Bed & Breakfast, responded to this review, June 3, 2012
Dan: I apologize for the front desk staff reaction to your check in. That issue will be addressed. We have spent the last 30 days on and off the phone with Orbitz, trying to get them to correct all their data. I can assure you the problem is on their end. We will attempt again to correct their descriptions. I am a little confused by your comments "we only have a minimal breakfast buffet" as we cook a full hot breakfast every morning from 9:00 to 11:00 am with such items as eggs Benedict, creme Brulee French Toast, etc. Is it possible you checked out before breakfast was served? We do put out at 8:00 AM fresh coffee, homemade gronola, bagels and fruit for parties who can't wait till 9:00. Also your comment that we are a block away from the beach, the beach is about 45' from our decks with the only seperation being a single car lane and a row of parking. We try to thoroughly describe this on our website. I would encourage you to contact Orbitz to let them know of their errors as we have done so numerous times and will continue to do so. Again I apologize for the front desk attitude and that issue will be resolved immediately.
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Property: On The Beach Bed & Breakfast
Address: 181 N Ocean Ave, Cayucos, CA 93430-1603
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Location: United States > California > San Luis Obispo County > Cayucos
Amenities:
Beach Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in Cayucos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — On The Beach Bed & Breakfast 3.5*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This is a luxury inn located in the small, casual, surf town of Cayucos, on the central coast of California. All ocean views are a full 180 degrees and all rooms have private balconies, jacuzzi tubs and gas fireplaces. ... more   less 
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